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What is the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme (IBPYP)?

Vista Academy is an International Baccalaureate Primary Years Program School

What is the Primary Years Program?

It is a curriculum framework through both the curriculum and teaching. It aims to develop the intellectual, emotional and physical potential of each child in a secure and stimulating environment.


The PYP provides a curriculum framework of 5 Essential Elements

  • Knowledge--content in math, language, social studies, science and the arts.

  • Concepts--important ideas that have universal significance regardless of time and place within and across disciplines. Concepts are presented in the forms of questions that drive the inquiry.

  • Skills--specific capabilities in thinking, social interactions, communication, self-management and research.

  • Attitudes--dispositions, values, beliefs and feelings towards learning.

  • Action--making changes to and in the world.




  • International Perspective--A driving force behind the PYP is the philosophy of international mindedness: young people who recognize that they are global citizens and who are motivated to make changes to and in the world.


  • Integrated Curriculum--The subject areas of math, language, science, social studies, information technology, the arts, physical education and library are taught through transdisciplinary themes in order to help students make connections between the subjects, thereby facilitating more effective learning.


  • Individualized Learning--Teaching and learning are is differentiated for student needs. Students are asked to make connections between life in school, life at home and life in the world.  These connections contribute to the development of the attitudes that contribute to the attitude of international mindedness.


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5 Essential Elements of the PYP

5 Essential Elements of the PYP

IB PYP Video


IB Learner Profile Vide0